To start with installation you must first apply a thin layer of the thermal grease, included, onto your CPU. It’s best to do it first because applying it after you have the backplate attached to the motherboard might get a little complicated.
Then you must remove the fan cage off of the heatsink by simply pulling out on both of the smaller sides of the cage. The cage comes out as a whole unit with all parts attached, so you don’t have to worry about anything falling off.
Taking the cover off reveals the dual stack heatsink, which you can also see has latching devices pre-attached to it which lock the fan cage in place. At this time you can also attach the two mounting bars onto the heatsink.
To further proceed with installation you need to grab the backplate and line it up so that you can attach it to your motherboard. We’re using an AMD setup, so we want the Intel label side up. The backplate is used for both installations, so make sure you have it lined up properly and then attach the four long screws in the proper holes and place the motherboard overtop of it.
Then simply place the four black nuts, attach the mounting bars, nut screw side towards the CPU, and fasten with the four nuts.
You can then attach the heatsink to the base via the two screws which you previously attached to the heatsink by mounting bars. Assuming you have no clearance issues, you should be good to go.
However we had some issues with not only our motherboard, which has a large northbridge heatsink, but also our RAM, which has high heatspreaders. We had to really push to get the heatsink in as well as trying to reattach the fan cage to the cooler. You better make sure you won’t have the same problems that I did.
Then you can get everything back inside of your case for testing. Make sure that you have your fan controller knob easily accessible before you close up your case again, this way you don’t have to take everything out next time you want to adjust your fan speed.
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